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Brendon O’Connor

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The Protagonists and Ideas Behind the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996: The Enactment of a Conservative Welfare System

O’Connor argues the passing of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 culminated over two decades of conservative agitation against liberal welfare policies, dramatically altering or, in some cases, abolished the major entitlement programs designed to assist the poor. America’s new conservative welfare legislation, with its time limits, work requirements, and attacks on out-of-wedlock births, is a much tougher system that demands self-sufficiency and personal responsibility

conservative policy, Clinton, Bill; Gingrich, Newt; illegitimate children; poor — United States; United States — Congress; welfare reform — United States; work ethic, social welfare

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 4 (2001): 4-32